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Nicole Winfield

Nicole Winfield is an author at Religion News Service.

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Bad luck: Pope acknowledges he got caught at record store

By Nicole Winfield — January 14, 2022
ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has long lamented that he can’t walk around town unnoticed like he used to before becoming pope. But he seems to have nevertheless kept his sense of humor after he was caught on camera making an unannounced visit to a Rome record shop this week. Francis wrote a note to […]

Pope Francis removes archbishop tied to document barring same-sex blessings

By Nicole Winfield — January 11, 2022
ROME (AP) — Archbishop Giacomo Morandi, secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was widely seen as being behind the March 2021 document that outraged the gay community, which Francis has made pains to welcome into the church fold.

Vatican novelty to start New Year as pope urges adoption

By Nicole Winfield — January 5, 2022
ROME (AP) — Pope Francis called Wednesday for simplified adoption procedures and urged couples to have more children as he presided over his first general audience of the New Year with a novel supporting cast that emphasized his call for a less-clericalized Catholic Church. For the first time, a layman and a nun provided the […]

Vivaldi opera gets premiere in Ferrara nearly 300 years late

By Nicole Winfield — December 31, 2021
ROME (AP) — The Catholic Church and the northern Italian city of Ferrara made their peace with Vivaldi nearly 300 years after the city’s archbishop canceled the staging of one of his operas.

Pope Francis’ key words for a marriage: ‘Please, thanks, sorry’

By Nicole Winfield — December 27, 2021
ROME (AP) — The pontiff penned a letter to married couples that was released Sunday, a Catholic feast day commemorating Jesus’ family.

Pope shakes up office that handles migration, COVID

By Nicole Winfield — December 23, 2021
ROME (AP) — Francis thanked Cardinal Peter Turkson for his five years of service but decided on new leadership following the results of an internal investigation, the Vatican said.

Plans move forward for 2022 pope, Russian patriarch meeting

By Nicole Winfield and Vladimir Isachenkov — December 22, 2021
ROME (AP) — Metropolitan Hilarion, foreign relations chief of the Russian Orthodox Church, met for about an hour with Francis on Wednesday morning at the Vatican.

Pope: New meeting with Russian Orthodox patriarch possible

By Nicole Winfield — December 6, 2021
(AP) — Francis said he planned to meet next week with the Russian church’s foreign envoy 'to agree on a possible meeting' with Patriarch Kirill.

Pope says he removed Paris archbishop because of gossip

By Nicole Winfield — December 6, 2021
(AP) — French media reports also cited governance problems as a possible reason underlying Francis’ decision.

Pope offers hope to poor in visit to namesake’s Assisi home

By Nicole Winfield and Alessandra Tarantino — November 12, 2021
In one of his first outings in Italy since the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis took his time greeting some of the 500 people brought by Catholic charity groups to Assisi to join Francis in marking the Catholic Church's world day of the poor.

India’s Modi invites pope to visit after 2017 plan collapsed

By Nicole Winfield and Aijaz Hussain — November 1, 2021
Modi is in Rome for the Group of 20 summit, and his visit to the Vatican marked the first time in more than 20 years that an Indian leader has met a pope.

Vatican-backed sex abuse research institute expands mandate

By Nicole Winfield — October 13, 2021
It is expanding its mandate to also include the sexual and spiritual abuse of adults. The Rev. Hans Zollner stressed that the new institute was by no means pushing aside its key focus on child protection.

Europe court rejects case seeking to blame Vatican for abuse

By Nicole Winfield — October 12, 2021
ROME (AP) — A European court agreed Tuesday that the Vatican couldn’t be sued in a local court for sexual abuse committed by Catholic priests, affirming that it enjoys sovereign immunity and that the misconduct of priests and their superiors can’t be attributed to the Holy See. The European Court of Human Rights dismissed a […]

San Marino legalizes abortion; Pope, women’s groups disagree

By Francesco Fedeli and Nicole Winfield — September 27, 2021
SAN MARINO (AP) — Pope Francis repeated Monday that abortion is “murder,” a day after the tiny republic of San Marino became the latest Catholic state to legalize the procedure, much to the cheers of women’s rights groups. An overwhelming majority — 77% of the 14,384 votes cast Sunday in the microstate surrounded by Italy […]

‘Some wanted me dead:’ Pope acknowledges right-wing critics

By Nicole Winfield — September 21, 2021
ROME (AP) — Francis made the comments during a Sept. 12 private meeting with Slovakian Jesuits soon after he arrived in the Slovak capital of Bratislava during his just-finished visit.
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